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February 22, 2008


Oliver Amnuayphol

Hi Josh and thanks for your interest and for reading my stuff. I also used to have a Grado and a Technics back in the day--good stuff! I think the Pro-Ject I recommended above would be a great match and should balance out the sound nicely; it will also grow with your set up if you go to a different cartridge down the road (MM, MC, etc.). A lower cost option would be another Rolls/Bellari model, the non-tubed VP29 (about $80, I think)--a perfect choice if you're sticking with your cart for a while (it has MM inputs only), and great sound to boot! And yes--if you get a separate phono stage, run this through the line or aux. in on the receiver. Thanks again for reading, and Viva La Vinyl!


Josh  B


Excellent review of cartridges and phono preamps. I recently rediscovered vinyl and have fallen in love with sound of spinning black discs. I have a couple of questions if you have the time. First of all, I have a pretty modest set up. My table is a used Technics SL1200MKII with a Grado Green cartridge. I am currently using the built in phono preamp on Yamaha home theater receiver. This setup sounds good, but I am sure it could be better. What do you think would be the best match for cartridge/phono preamp upgrade? I would need to stay toward the budget end of the spectrum. Also, if I add and external phono preamp I assume I will need to bypass the internal preamp on my receiver by using an open Aux input on my receive. Is that correct?

Thanks in advance,


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